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Full text of "Flora Indica Vol-I"

98                                     FLOUA IN Die A.                         [Anonucea.

fruit ; or at least the suites of specimens available m herbaria are not sufficient to
enable a correct conclusion to be drawn as to the extent to which ihe leaves vary.
WalUch's figure and- description arc the authority for this species, and there are good
specimens of it in the liiinfcau herbarium, both in flower and fruit. "We have also
before us numerous flowering specimens from all parts of Trans-Gangetic India,
but no fruit, except on the Wallichian specimens. There is, however, a very simi-
lar species from the Philippines (Cuming, 751), which has long-pediceUed gla-
brous carpels ; and as -this is undistinguishable save by the fruit, it is quite possible
that some of our specimens may belong to it. Others are probably referable to U.
ieinecarpifotia, or to a third species, its there are considerable differences in the
form and texture of the leaves, some being membranous and some rigidly coriaceous :
this, however, may depend on age. U. litloralis and ovalifolia of Blume are also
evidently very nearly allied, but we do not venture to unite them without seeing
specimens.

In the Wallichian collection at the linncan Society there is a specimen in fruit
under the letter F, which certainly does not belong to this species, though we think
the larger leaves on the same sheet do. In this the carpels are globose, rugulose,
covered with brown tomentnm, and more than half an inch in diameter, with a pedi-
cel more than an inch long. The leaves on the specimen are elliptic-ohovate, sub-
cordate at base, five inches long by three broad, stellate-pubescent below, but they
are not sufficient to identify it with any of the species here described. "We arc, how-
ever, inclined to believe that M. Alph. Be Candolle must have received a similar
fruiting specimen along with his specimen, because we cannot doubt (notwithstand-
ing the discrepancies in his character of the fruit) that his U. rufescens is Wallich'a
U. wacrophi/lla. This appears evident when the localities of U. rufescens, given by
De Candolle, are compared with those in Wall. Cat., in which V, rufesceus is not re-
ferred to.

6. IT. dtdcis (Dunal, Anon, 90,. t. 33) ; foliis ovalibus vel oblon-
gis supra puberulis snbtus dense furfuraceo-tomentosis, pedunculis ab-
breviatis subiinibellatim 1-4-floris, petalis oblongis basi coalitis:  DO.
Syst. i. 483, Prod. i. 88 ; Spr. Sytt.il 639. U. Javana, Dun. Anon. 91.
t. 14 ; DC. Sytf. i. 483, Prod. I 88.

II AB. In peninsula Malayana ad Malacca, Griff J  (v.

DISTRIJJ. Java,

Jfnttcx alte scandens. Ramuli atro-fusci, jiraiores stellato-tomentosi. Folia ob-
tusa vel acutiuscula vel abrupte acuminate, basi rotundata vel retosa, margine sub-
repanda, 3-5 poll, longa, -2 lata, pctiolo tomeutoso 2-3 lineas longo, coriacea,
supra pilis minu'tis stcllatis vel simplicibns sub lente tantum conspicuis tecta, subtus
venpsa, Peduxcu7i lignosi, ^-pollicares, bracteis pluribus ovatis parvis tomentosis,
pedicelli 1-4, -1 poll, longi, medio bractcolati, bracteolis bracteis similibus. Ma-
bastri globosi, dense cinereo-tomentosi. Flores odorati., Sepafa late ovalia, basi
concreta, obtuaiuscula, Fehrfa patentia, fere pollicaria, iitrinque tomentoso. Sta-
mina abbreviata, ext. sterilia.
-Sufficieutly distinct from V. macrqpkylla in the smaller size of the leaves, and in
the shape and aspect of the flowers. It is near V. rttfa, Blume (a species which has
not been found witHin our limits), but that is more frequently one-flowered, and the
petals are a good deal smaller and broader. V. microcarpa, Champion (from Hong-
kong), is also closely allied, but nearer to V. rvfa, from which it differs by the smooth
not transversely silicate carpels, and by the large flowers, which are not distinguish-
able from those of V. macropJiylla, Roxb. Blume distinguishes U, Javana from U,
> dukis by the stellate, not simple, hairs of the upper surface of the leaves. He seems,
however, to trust entirely to DunaVa figure, without having seen specimens of U.
In our specimens we see simple ami stellate hairs intermixed.